From Great-grandma's apple pie to Mom's secret-recipe stuffing, food is an important ingredient in every family's history. This three-part keepsake recipe journal will help you celebrate your family recipes and record the precious memories those recipes hold for you--whether they're hilarious anecdotes about a disastrous dish or tender reflections about time spent cooking with a loved one.
The foods we eat tell us so much about who we are, where we live and the era we live in. The same is true for the foods our ancestors ate. This book will show you how to uncover historical recipes and food traditions, offering insight into your ancestors' everyday lives and clues to your genealogy. Inside you'll find:
- Methods for gathering family recipes
- Interview questions to help loved ones record their food memories
- Places to search for historical recipes
- An explanation of how immigrants influenced the American diet
- A look at how technology changed the way people eat
- A glossary of historical cooking terms
- Modern equivalents to historical units of measure
- Actual recipes from late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century cookbooks
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Table of Contents
Part 1 Discover Your Family's Food Herilage 8
Chapter 1 Food Heritage 10
Genealogy is more than names and dates. Studying social history will help you better understand how your ancestors lived.
Chapter 2 They Brought Their Food With Them 24
Immigrants brought recipes, raw ingredients, and even seeds from their homelands. How did these food traditions meld into our ancestors' diet?
Chapter 3 Oysters, Peacocks, and Green Jell-O 34
Food traditions vary by region, state, county, city, and even neighborhood. This chapter explores the impact of climate, ethnic and religious groups, and industry on our food.
Chapter 4 Food Throughout Time 52
The foods your ancestors ate were often influenced or dictated by technology, location, and social and political events such as economic depression and war.
Chapter 5 Cookbooks and Menus 66
This chapter explores the evolution of cookbooks since the eighteenth century and explores menus from nineteenth-century restaurants.
Chapter 6 How to Find Your Ancestors' Recipes 80
The best place to find family recipes is in your own home. You can also interview relatives and research local cookbooks to learn more about your ancestors' diets.
Part 2 A Look Back at Historical Recipes 100
Chapter 7 Decipher Old Cooking Terms 102
Having trouble understanding an old recipe? This chapter includes a vintage glossary of cooking term, measuring charts, and cooking times.
Chapter 8 The Arts of Dining and Gleaning 114
Cookbooks are more than just recipes. Read vintage advice on menu planning, table setting and decorating, and proper cleaning techniques.
Chapter 9 Historical Recipes 128
This chapter contains recipes from both community cookbooks and cooking school cookbooks from the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Part 3 Recipe Journal 148
Record your own family recipes in this journal section.
Bibliography and Resources 198